Cocoa Beach Pier begins reopening amid coronavirus pandemic

First phase of plan includes reopening parking lot

COCOA BEACH, Fla. – The plan to get back to business beachside starts as a step-by-step approach for one of Brevard County’s most recognizable attractions.

On Monday, the Cocoa Beach Pier, which has been closed since March 19, reopened its parking lot, a hot dog stand and a souvenir shop.

The COO of Westgate Resorts called reopening gradually, “uncharted territory.”

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"It's very easy to say, 'Hey, I'm maximizing my profits if I open up everything today.' We want to step into it and make sure our team members are trained, make sure the guests are comfortable," Mark Waltrip said.

The pier's guests Monday included a nurse from Kissimmee who parked in the reopened lot for her first beach day with her kids in six weeks.

Erika Miele, with Park Place Behavioral Health care, said she was happy to see reopening underway.

"I think we need it as long as people can be courteous and have some common sense," Miele said.

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